TITLE:Â The Moon and More
AUTHOR: Sarah Dessen
GENRE: YA Contemporary
FORMAT: eBook, 303 Pages (2013)
It’s the summer before her first semester of university and Emaline is expecting to spend it working for her family’s summer rental company, hanging out with Luke, her long term boyfriend and best friends Daisy and Moris. But things take a turn when her relationship with Luke shifts, a cute film student from New York, Theo, arrives in town to work on a documentary about a local recluse artist and herÂ absenteeÂ father comes back into her life. Emaline must find a way to deal with these changes and find out for herself where her future lies.
IÂ reallyÂ enjoyedÂ The Moon and More. I haven’t read a Dessen novel in years and I’m so happy this was the one I ended up reading! Emaline is easily one of my favourite contemporary YA heroines. I could see my 18 year old self in her. She struggles with trying to decide for herself what she wants when it comes to her future, whether it’s with Luke and what university are all things that teenagers go through during that awkward time when you aren’t high school student anymore but not quite yet an adult.
I loved how Emaline and Luke’s storyline was done even with the hurt between them. I really enjoyed them as a couple and am still rooting for them! Even though The Moon and More has romance element to it, it isn’t the center of the story but rather a setting to which Emaline’s path is set to. The story is about Emaline falling back in love with her small town and realizing that what she wants and expected from her life is just as good as what others expect from her.Â I also found the portrayal between Emaline and her estranged father to be excellent. The struggle she has with how her father and Theo keep telling her that she should want more then her small town life, that she is better then that really worked for me. That conflict within her was my favourite aspect of the story. Her relationship with her fatherÂ rang true and showed that sometimes there isn’t always a happy ending but that’s OK. In fact, I would say that all the relationships between the characters was done beautifully. I understood why these people were friends, how their family dynamic works and what connects them all and to this small town. This is by far one of the best, well rounded YA books I’ve read character wise.
The one issue with the book was Theo. I didn’t like him from the start (and not just because I am firmly on Team Luke despite what he does). Theo represents what Emaline’s father expect’s from her and what on some level she wonders if she should expect from him, part that I enjoyed but as a character, I really dislike him. He felt inconsistent and I the insta-attraction between Emaline and him didn’t work to me. Luckily, all the rest of the book is so good that it only midly affected my enjoyment of the story and was done well enough that I understand the purpose of having Theo served to the story and Emaline’s growth.
The Moon and More showcases again the ease with which Dessen is able to portray routine, daily life in and interesting manner. I liked following Emaline on her daily work errands, the routine of it made you realize just how much she is a part of Colby and Colby is a part of her. The story is a simple and familiar one but it none the less wonderful. It’s the simplicity of it that makes it work.
I definitely recommend picking up a copy ofÂ The Moon and MoreÂ whether you are a Dessen fan (who will recognize the town of Colby, and the “Gert’s” bracelets fromÂ What Happened to Goodbye!) or have never read a book of hers. I would also recommend it if you aren’t sure if contemporary YA is for you: it has all the parts of what makes great YA without being overly heavy and dark. It really is a fantastic read!
Be sure to keep an eye out for our giveaway ofÂ The Moon and MoreÂ as part of ourÂ The Summer of Dessen Giveaway!